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Drifting towards the classroom

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
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Contributed Some of the vehicles expected to be in action at Drift Invasion on Saturday at the Catherine Hall Stadium car park, Montego Bay, St James.
Contributed Some of the vehicles expected to be in action at Drift Invasion on Saturday at the Catherine Hall Stadium car park, Montego Bay, St James.
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An unusual motor sport event will be held on Saturday, August 27, in Montego Bay, St James. With the snarl of finely tuned engines and howl of tyres scrambling for purchase during intricate high-speed manoeuvres is the opposite of a classroom's desired calm, the two will find common ground in the Catherine Hall Stadium's car park.

Starting at noon, the Synergy Performance team will host the Drift Sensation Back-to-school Charity Drive. Paul Nelson, who handles marketing for the Synergy Team (whose CEO is Dennis Eccleston), and also Flip-it Marketing Solutions outlined a schedule which starts with a three-hour treat, then there is auto action until in the night.

Nelson said that while Synergy Team members individually helped children with school supplies, they decided to focus their energies in a collective effort which would benefit more students in a structured way. Then, Nelson said, as all the members are car and motor sport enthusiasts, they saw what MoBay - a city with an enthusiasm for automobiles - was lacking in that area.

So, Nelson said, "We have decided to give back to MoBay what they like, doing something that we like."

During the treat, which goes up to 3 p.m., there will be a giveaway of bags with school supplies, donated by Vista Print and Synergy Performance. Nelson said that the youngsters will have to be there to get the bags as they will not be entrusted to adults. There will be a treasure hunt, among other games, and hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy among the food available.

With the treat over, it will be on to the cars, where there will be drifting, burnout and go-karting. First, the drivers will walk the course with the marshalls, Nelson pointing out that the stadium's car park is the only venue they saw which afforded them the desired layout. Among the drivers expected to participate are Maurice Whittingham and Ian Wright, with Alvin Dirgo involved in the burnout.

Persons who attend Drift Sensation will have a chance to get behind the steering wheel, as Peter Rae will be providing go-karts for rent. The burnout is scheduled for in between the three rounds of drifting.

Nelson pointed out that all the participants will be rewarded with trophies or medals. There are fist-place trophies in the drifting, burnout and go-kart driving segments of Drift Sensation. In addition, all the drivers will get participation medals. Awards will be given out on the day. He added that the event is cautioned by the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) and the Montego Bay-based motor sport association.

"We are definitely hoping it will be an annual event," Nelson said. "It will make the people of MoBay happy and us happy as well."

Sound Predator will provide music throughout Drift Sensation.